Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: A. polyphylla....am I nuts?

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Name: Kate
Holmes Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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karmatree
Nov 28, 2014 4:43 PM CST
I just got an Aloe polyphylla via mail order. Looks pretty happy. Anyone ever grow this? Any neat tricks?
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Nov 29, 2014 5:11 AM CST
@Stush2019 has grown them from seed and I have two babies growing right now. It will be a while before they start to spiral.
Name: Kate
Holmes Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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karmatree
Nov 29, 2014 6:37 AM CST
Well, right now, I'm worried more about the little guy surviving than spiraling!
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Stush2019
Nov 29, 2014 9:58 AM CST
Kate,
These guys love more water than other Aloes. The soil must be free draining so no water can collect. During summer they may need water every day. I just got another batch of seeds which I have more than 40 plants. Takes 4 years to see spiraling. Don't let the temp go below 30 and if so, never water at that low temp. I don't know what the lowest they could go. Maybe to 25 but I would get it covered up. Your area heat may be a bigger problem. No direct sun only partial. Planted on a side of a hill for good drainage. Got to show us a picture of it. Also good for your record to check back on.
Name: Kate
Holmes Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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karmatree
Nov 29, 2014 5:57 PM CST
OK, I bought him his own pot, some sponge rock to mix into my coir-based potting soil I make for succulents, and am prepared to move him around if he isn't happy. I don't think temps here ever get under 30 (unless it's one freak night...if that's the case, I have A LOT of plants to bring inside!) I am worried about the heat and humidity. And here are some pictures, what do you think? It looks a little pitiful, maybe due to shipping. Since then, I've had it next to a sunny window in our 76 degree house...have watered it...the fork in the picture is for scale (I'm not going to eat it! :D )
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Name: Greg Colucci
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gg5
Nov 29, 2014 7:18 PM CST
Kate its so pretty!! Where did you purchase it? I had a couple young ones from Stush but I wasn't able to keep them alive, sadly too much going on I guess, for me to keep them appropriately watered Thumbs down
This website that Hetty shared with us last year is a good place for info, and he will reply to questions!
http://www.ecotree.net/spiral_aloes.shtml I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Kate
Holmes Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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karmatree
Nov 30, 2014 6:29 AM CST
Hi! Thanks for the info and the link, I will get right to reading! I purchased it from an Etsy shop:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/GreenHouseBotanical

I don't think she has any left in stock....:( but maybe she will again. She was really easy to deal with.
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Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Nov 30, 2014 9:57 PM CST
Good to know thanks for the link Kate! Thumbs up
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Stush2019
Dec 24, 2014 5:35 PM CST
Kate,
You know they have to cross pollinate to get good seed. Yours looks a little variegated? May develope into some thing interesting.
Name: Kate
Holmes Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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karmatree
Dec 24, 2014 6:17 PM CST
Hi Stush, it DID look kindof variegated then, but now it doesn't! Very odd and mysterious critter. Will post picture tomorrow. Merry Xmas!
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Stush2019
Dec 25, 2014 10:16 AM CST
I ordered 10 seeds of Aloe poly from China and so far I got at least 5 different kinds. Very interesting. Some just like I grew before and some with teeth and almost variegated. Some with a purple haze. Got almost 50% germination rate. If any one wants, I plan on giving them out for postage also but I want to hold on to them a little longer so they could make the trip.
Name: Kate
Holmes Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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karmatree
Dec 26, 2014 4:38 AM CST
That is interesting! I need to take a closer look at mine, then. I am interested in your seedlings!
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Stush2019
Dec 26, 2014 12:04 PM CST
Sorry my mistack, I ordered 100 seeds not 10. gives me about 50 to play with.
Name: Kate
Holmes Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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karmatree
Dec 26, 2014 8:27 PM CST
Eureka....it lives !!!! It may be small, but it is mighty. I hope.



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Name: adam
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adamgreen
Dec 27, 2014 7:03 AM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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